Scarborough Home Neighborhoods: Dorset Park Neighbourhood
Dorset Park lies south of the 401, between two industrial areas, and is bisected diagonally by southwest Highland Creek, and has a nice greenbelt of parkland along its southern edge. Back in the 1800s, it was the core of the Village of Ellesmere, and in the 1900s well known for supporting its athletic teams in various sports. By the 1950s the farmland was replaced by the current subdivision, named for a village in England. The industrial lands along Birchmount are home to several large food processing employers.
Motorists can access highway 401 via Kennedy Road, with connections to other Toronto freeways. TTC buses along Birchmount and Kennedy Road connect with stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
There are 14 elementary schools, 4 secondary schools, 1 private/religious school in this community, as well as 3 libraries. It is home to the University of Toronto in Scarborough, with Sheridan College's Trafalgar campus just to the west in Oakville.
This community is served by 5 elementary schools, a Catholic elementary school, 1 high school, and a public library.
The community is bisected by the diagonally flowing Southwest Highland Creek, and has a paved recreational pathway running through the greenbelt parklands to the south. The community has 7 baseball diamonds, 1 outdoor pool, 1 indoor ice arena, 3 tennis courts, and several children's playgrounds.
Most of Dorset Park's houses were built in the 1950s and include a typical mix of bungalows, 1-1/2 storey houses, and semi-detached. Northeast of Birchmount & Ellesmere Roads are several highrises and townhouse developments. Home prices in this community are in the low to low-medium price ranges.